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Can I put green antifreeze instead of Dex cool?

Last Updated: 13th May, 2020

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If your car or truck came from the factorywithDex-Cool, you should continue to usethatcoolant both as replacement and to top off the radiator,themechanics say. Last but not least, if your car came fromthefactory with standard "green" antifreeze,don'tswitch to Dex-Cool.

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Also question is, can I use antifreeze instead of Dex cool?

Firstly, Dex-Cool andtraditionalanti-freeze don't mix well. Though they can worktogether ina pinch, after extended use, they canreact andcreate a gel, which can be very damaging tomultiplecomponents of your cooling system. For that reason, thebest thingfor your Chevy or GM vehicle is to stickwithDex-Cool.

One may also ask, what kind of coolant is Dex cool? DEX-COOL is a specific typeofantifreeze, found in select brands of coolants,createdusing organic acid technology. The manufacturers as well asGeneralMotors have claimed that DEX-COOL can extendtheservice life and function of your vehicle.

People also ask, can you mix Dex cool with green antifreeze?

This is a mistake and can lead toexpensiverepairs. The two coolants should never bemixedtogether as they do not react well. Whenmixedtogether they can form a thick, jelly-likesubstance thatcan completely stop all coolant flowwhich canlead to overheating.

Can I use universal coolant with Dexcool?

Dexcool is rated to last longer thannormalcoolant. If you mix Dexcool with regularanti-freeze,you lower the life expectancy. Also, some coolantswillsludge when mixed together. As long as they are the samecolors,you'll be okay.

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Can universal coolant be mixed with DexCool?

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What happens if you put the wrong coolant in your car?

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Can blue and green antifreeze be mixed?

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How long does green coolant last?

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How do you drain antifreeze?

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What is Dex Cool used for?

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What color is peak 50/50 antifreeze coolant?

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What color is Ford antifreeze?

The Colors of Coolant
It's true, coolant liquid comes indifferentcolors, most commonly green (orange forDex-Cool®). Eachcolor is a unique formula that shouldnot bemixed.